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Courtesy of Nappy G, we have a very rare 1993 live recording of Groove Collective at their Friday residency at the legendary club Sybarite in Soho, which we started to give the group a platform to play as a band. In fact, Groove Collective were born out of Giant Step's weekly Thursday party in the early 1990's where they would jam with DJs Smash and Jazzy Nice.
Above, also find a bonus tune by Groove Collective, 1994's "Whatchugot."
After the jump, find Nappy G's comments about the recording as well as the full list of band members!
Nappy G shares about the recording:
I have personally had some deep & emotional flashback/forward moments while listening to this recently. I hope you do,too! I think it's a lost gem,& with all its rough edges, it somehow is still amazing. These young men were on to something!
This is from an audience-recorded cassette tape that has been digitized and had some noise reduction & normalization applied (via Waves' X-Noise & UltraMaximizer software). Recording source unknown, but this copy was passed to me by Sanjiv Desai. I tweaked the sound & digitized it.
Thanks, Sanjiv! Captured some gold here.... Brings back memories! We were/are great! Now get ready to go back....wayyyy back....back into time....to the land of...Troglodytes...& David Dinkins (sigh)...the good ol' Nasty sloppy days... ~Enjoy~
p.s. Side 2 ends at the beginning of a sick-ass bass solo....so sad! But we can dream & remember...
"I'm gettin the band back together."- Jake Blues
"We're on a mission from G_d!"-Elwood Blues
Gordon "Nappy G" Clay- Timbales,shakers,cowbells,bongos,tambourine
Chris Theberge- Congas,clavés
Jay Rodriguez-Tenor Sax,Bari Sax,Flute
Special Guest (whole show): David Fiuczynski-Electric Guitar
*Bill Ware (Vibraphones)-not present for this show, unfortunately